Definition of incense noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

BrE BrE//ˈɪnsens//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪnsens//
 
[uncountable] a substance that produces a pleasant smell when you burn it, used particularly in religious ceremonies Incense burned in a corner of the room.
Word Originnoun Middle English (originally as encense): from Old French encens (noun), encenser (verb), from ecclesiastical Latin incensum ‘something burnt, incense’, neuter past participle of incendere ‘set fire to’, from in- ‘in’ + the base of candere ‘to glow’.
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